Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Steve Taw, Hawkins Construction South Island Regional Manager officially signed the contract for the repair of the Christchurch Town Hall on behalf of Hawkins and the Christchurch City Council.
The signing ceremony followed the blessing of the construction site by Ngai Tuahuriri representative Aroha Reriti-Crofts in front of a large contingent of city officials, construction partners and representatives of the local and national media.
Construction to restore the Christchurch Town Hall to its former glory will commence next week and Mr Taw spoke of the pride and commitment of Hawkins staff to give this iconic site back to the people of Christchurch.
“We understand how important this place is for Christchurch and we are thrilled to be involved in this project,” said Mr Taw.
The repair is expected to take three years with a total budget of $127 million.
Mayor Dalziel reiterated the trust her council has put in Hawkins and its staff, who have a proven track record in heritage projects.
“The complexity of the heritage project will not be easy,” said Mr Taw. “But we have the skills and expertise to take on this challenge and deliver a successful project that the city can be proud of.”